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‘West Side Story’ star: Give Rachel Zegler an Oscar ticket

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Jets and Sharks rivalry aside, Russ Tamblyn — who played Riff in the 1961 version of “West Side Story” — agrees that Rachel Zegler deserves a ticket to the Academy Awards.

After Zegler, who played the female lead María in the 2021 musical adaptation, revealed over the weekend that she was not invited to the Oscars this year, Tamblyn gave the film academy his opinion via Twitter.

In “West Side Story,” Riff leads a New York City gang called the Jets, who frequently feud with Puerto Rican rival gang Sharks, led by María’s older brother Bernardo. But on Monday, the original riff was Team María through and through.

“@TheAcademy As a voting member and original riff, it’s your duty to get Rachel a seat at the Oscars,” Tamblyn, 87, tweeted in response to a Los Angeles Times report on Zegler’s Oscar plans.

“She STARES in #westsidestory who is nominated across the board. When they say representation matters, that’s what they mean. Please do her justice.”

It’s worth noting that the Film Academy gives each film studio with a Best Picture nominee a certain number of tickets to the Oscars, which the studio can award at its discretion.

Individual nominees and presenters will receive their own tickets to the show. Zegler, 20, neither presents nor receives a solo nomination for her big screen debut as María.

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story – nominated for seven awards including best picture – was distributed by Disney’s 20th Century Studios. Disney has not responded to multiple requests for comment from The Times.

“Idk y’all I’ve tried everything but it doesn’t seem to be happening,” Zegler wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “I will be cheering on West Side Story from my couch and be proud of the work we did so tirelessly 3 years ago.

“I’m hoping for a last minute miracle and a personal celebration of our film, but hey, I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. Thanks for all the shock and outrage – I’m disappointed too. But that’s ok. so proud of our film.”

Tamblyn is far from the only entertainment luminary in Zegler’s corner. On Sunday, One Day at a Time co-creator Gloria Calderón Kellett lamented the snub during a “rare time when Latinos have nominated a film for an OSCAR.”

And Rutherford Falls co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas tweeted, “This might seem like a little dad thing, but all we hear is, ‘You guys don’t have stars to build projects around.’ S— that’s how we do it!”

On Monday, “Scrubs” actress Judy Reyes and “Ugly Betty” actress Ana Ortiz announced that Zegler would not be invited “BS” and “totally bulls—”, or.

When asked by a fan Sunday about Zegler’s situation, Ariana DeBose — who will win the Oscar for Supporting Actress as a favorite for her acclaimed role as Anita on “West Side Story” — replied tweeted that she had only just become aware of the conversation, but had not commented further.

See more reactions to Zegler’s Instagram comments below.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-03-21/oscars-2022-rachel-zegler-west-side-story-russ-tamblyn ‘West Side Story’ star: Give Rachel Zegler an Oscar ticket

Caroline Bleakley

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